“Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.” – Facebook Page, 7th November 2013.
So Dear Farcebook, yet again I read that one of my friends was denied the opportunity to share his political emails with his friends on his timeline. Now people may think this is a glitch, and indeed so would I if it was just a one off incident but it isn’t is it Mr Zuckerberg. It’s a regular occurrence, with many political bloggers, letter writers and concerned members of society thwarted in their attempts to highlight the irregularities of party policies, the fraudulent and/or immoral activities of politicians and the greed of big companies and corporations.
Now I’d understand your policy of what may be deemed acceptable to post if it wasn’t so laughable and two-faced. Here we have people fighting against the cuts and reforms of Governments around the world and in the process trying to make the world a better place. We are connecting with others to share experiences and ideas and to be heard, yet we are stopped. However if I choose to become a member of a racist group and preach hate to anyone who will listen, despite masses of people reporting my page I’d be allowed to keep it and the people reporting it would be told it didn’t violate any terms or conditions. Another example of a group being targeted I could give are those women who breast-feed their children. No matter how discrete a photo they put on their profiles, once you work out it’s a breast-feeding pic it’s taken and a warning issued. Yet any B-list celeb that wants to whip her baps out for the world doesn’t get a warning, she gets to be a sponsored or suggested post and her boobs get their 15 minutes of fame, she gets a few more acne-ridden angsty teenage followers and Kleenex get a boost in sales. There’s no profit for any corporations in promoting breast-feeding, the only ones benefiting are those children getting a much needed boost to their immune systems and giving them a good start in life. Not worth promoting at all really eh Fakebook?
So what motivates you to make those judgements? What guides you to decide what is acceptable to promote and what do you want muted? Let’s take a look at your Key Players in Fundbook*…
A few of the Directors.
Sheryl Sandberg – Chief Operating Officer. She oversees the firm’s business operations including sales, marketing, business development, legal, human resources, public policy and communications. Prior to Facebook, Sandberg was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, where she built and managed the online sales channels for advertising and publishing and operations for consumer products worldwide. She previously served as Chief of Staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton and began her career as an economist with the World Bank. She received B.A. and M.B.A degrees from Harvard University.
Marc L. Andreessen Mr. Andreessen is a co-founder and has been a General Partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm, since July 2009. Previously, Mr. Andreessen co-founded and served as the Chairman of the board of directors of Opsware, Inc. (formerly known as Loudcloud Inc.), a software company. He also served as Chief Technology Officer of America Online, Inc., an Internet services company. Mr. Andreessen was a co-founder of Netscape Communications Corporation, a software company, serving in various positions, including Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Products. In addition to serving on our board of directors, Mr. Andreessen currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of eBay Inc., the Hewlett-Packard Company and several private companies.
Erskine B. Bowles Mr. Bowles is President Emeritus of the University of North Carolina and served as President from January 2006 through December 2010. Mr. Bowles has also been a Senior Advisor of BDT Capital Partners, LLC, a private investment firm, since January 2012. From February 2010 until December 2010, he served as Co-Chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Mr. Bowles has been a Senior Advisor since 2001 and was Managing Director from 1999 to 2001 of Carousel Capital LLC, a private investment firm. He was also a partner of Forstmann Little & Co., an investment firm, from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Bowles began his career in corporate finance at Morgan Stanley and subsequently helped found and ultimately served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bowles Hollowell Connor & Co., an investment banking firm. He also was a founder of Kitty Hawk Capital, a venture capital firm. Mr. Bowles served as White House Chief of Staff from 1996 to 1998 and Deputy White House Chief of Staff from 1994 to 1995. In addition to serving on our board of directors, Mr. Bowles currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of Morgan Stanley, Belk, Inc., and Norfolk Southern Corporation. Mr. Bowles also served as a member of the board of directors of General Motors Company from June 2005 to April 2009 and Cousins Properties Incorporated from August 2003 to May 2012.
Susan Desmond-Hellman. Dr. Desmond-Hellmann is Chancellor and Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she has served since August 2009. From 2004 through 2009, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann served as president of product development at Genentech (a biotechnology company), where she was responsible for pre-clinical and clinical development, business development, and product portfolio management. She joined Genentech in 1995. Prior to joining Genentech, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann was associate director of clinical cancer research at Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute. In addition to serving on our board of directors, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann currently serves as a member of the board of directors of The Procter & Gamble Company.
One of the Founders.
Chris Hughes – Co Founder. Chris first worked as the Facebook spokesperson from his dorm room with Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz, and later moved to Palo Alto to work on the product team. Most recently, Chris served as the Director of Online Organizing for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
*Details above are extracts taken from Facebook.com
So what do we see? We have a selection of people that have or have had their fingers in some interesting little pies. In some cases such as Ebay and Google, it is a clear link to alleged tax avoiders who are not helping our economy but merely lining their own pockets. With others it’s pharmaceutical companies, big bankers or politicians, all entities with questionable ethics and morals of an alley cat.
So lovely Fraudbook, please remind us of your mission statement and explain why you so blatantly disregard it to suit your own agenda? We look forward to hearing from you. After all, it’s great to stay connected!
Sarah D Tomkins.Sent to: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org (came back as invalid email address) Via ‘Feedback’ form